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Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Curl up with a good book SEE ENTERTAINMENT TERPS UM hammers S. Park wins Pascal title Dl Parking tiff chasing off tenants Cl SUNNY FRIDAY DECEMBER MD Couple receives repeat gift Lawmakers still plan lavish trips But local congressmen plan to stay close to home Santa takes over stork's role in delivering 2nd. Christmas baby By B.J. SANFORD Staff Writer Leah and Kevin Mason of Cape St. Claire were overjoyed when their first was born two years ago on Christmas Day. Imagine the excitement when it happened again this year. the nurses at the hospital couldn't believe that we had two kids born on Mr. Mason said The family had looked at the first baby's birth as something of a miracle. a Christmas Mr. Mason said The Masons' second Kevin was one of seven babies born on Christmas Day this year at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Rebecca M Clatanoff Pavilion. The coincidence wasn't a complete surprise As Kevin Jr 's Jan. 1 due date everyone joked about the chance of another Christmas Mr. Mason said. many people have kids' that have birthdays on the same let alone on Christmas bo said. Mr. even teased his wife about disrupting the holiday again. kept telling as If she could control 'Don't have this baby on Christmas. Don't have it By David W Trozzo The Capital Kevin and Leah Mason hold their two 2-year-old Arden and newborn Kevin both of whom were bom on Christmas In their Cape St. Claire home yesterday. many people have KMs that have MrtMeys en the same let alone on Christmas Mr. Mason said. on Christmas Linda Mr Mason's said the odds against the coincidence made it made a comment the 'This baby won't come on Christmas. It only happens once in a she said. thought it could never happen Despite the the 28-year-old Mrs. Mason went into labor at about 11 p.m. Christmas the same time she did two years ago. Mr. Mason took her to the hospital about a.m. At Christmas Kevin Jr. was born. kind of happy he was born on Mr. Mason we can have a party for the kids and have Page ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON- Some members of Congress are jetting across the world on official trips despite the federal budget but Mary- land's two senators and Anne Arun- del County's congressional delega- tion plan to stick close to their stafb say. Even with the partial government many lawmakers still plan official trips abroad during the winter congressional reress. Work is on the but fine sightseeing and squash games also make the to-do lists So-called fact-finding missions are a seasonal rite for Washington but this year's trips may be more many U S embassy staffers who handle accom- modations and arrange meetings for lawmakers with local officials are furloughed or working without pay. Sen. Barbara A. had planned to be pert of a 12-day trip to the Philippines and but cancelled. Spokesman Rachel Kunzler said the senator it would be Inappropriate while the budget remains The trip's purpose was to explore trade opportunities in emerging econo- Ms Kunzler said. Rep. Steny D-St. Rep. Benjamin L. Rep. Robert RBaltimore and Sen. Paul have no plans for taxpayer-funded their offices said Rep Wayne T. is also spending the break around his spokesman Kathy Bassatt said. boss is not a big she said. Other members of Congress were not so retiring Sen Arlen left yesterday for Egypt. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence his itinerary and meeting schedule are classified. But Charles a spokesman for the con- firmed that Mr. Specter Was travel- ing with his wife. A U.S. Embassy who spoke from Cairo on condition of said Mr. Specter and lawmakers accompanying him planned to visit Aswan on the Page plate property values assessments in the mail ASSOCIATED PRESS 'BALTIMORE Property values in- Maryland are an the Although the growth rate has not 'rebounded to pre-recession .according to figures from annual property reassessments The reassessments show an aver- age annual increase of 1 3 percent compared to an average increase of 0.6 percent last year and no increase the previous year. Dur- ing the early values increased more than 10 percent a year Assessments mailed to western Anne Arundel County homeowners today show average annual in- creases of 1.2 percent vs. 0.5 percent last said Joseph assistant supervisor of the county assessment office. one-third properties are appraised each new values are phased in over three years and properties are assessed at 40 percent of the phased-in value. In on residential property assessed at a homeowner in the county owed in county taxes and in state taxes. The area appraised this year stretches from Gambrills to Brook- lyn and includes the south shore of the Severn River. The assessment Increase is extremely positive said Uni- versity of Baltimore economist chael A. director of school's Regional Economic Studies Program. look for a significant pickup in the first part of Ramsay president of the Piper Flynn real estate said he expected the hous- ing market to improve in but not for the first few months. Some home were not as cheerful. do not see any optimistic said John P. president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. Many property owners will not see any change in their taxes. In Anne Arundel 36 per- cent of homeowners will see a reduction in assessed while 35 percent will see no change or increases lower than 5 percent. Across 42 percent of property owners saw a decrease or no increase in their assessment. Another 20 percent saw less than a five percent said Ronald W. director of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation Even if property values rose more than 5 many jurisdictions have assessment caps of 4 percent or 5 and the state has limited assessment increases to 10 percent. Anne Arundel County has a 4 percent cap Staff Writer Michael Cody contrib- uted story. Police on lookout for drunken drivers By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer On the lookout for revelers who have had gone overboard in greet- ing the new several police agencies plan to boost drunken- driving enforcement on city and county roadways. In a double-shift of officers late Sunday night and early Monday will be keep an eye out for erratic said Maj. Cassin Girtings of city police.. About police officers are assigned in the city as part of the First Night Annapolis which extends through much of the downtown area and West Annapo- lis Around the a grant- funded anti-drunken driving pro- gram will increase the number of county officers scouting for sus- said Cpl. Robert Martin of the Traffic Safety Section. The grant which began last Thanksgiving and is funded by the pays for extra officers to focus exclusively on alcohol viola- tors. The grant includes for overtime pay for officers. On the Col. David Mitchell has directed state troopers to step up enforcement through the three-day weekend. NEW Page INSIDE Ex-inmate sues over beating he suffered in jail. 81 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other depart moots.. 268-6000 Annapolis Arundel Report Baby Face Births Catondai Classified.. Club Notes Comto Cl Death Notices Bl Editorials C4 Honor roll Lottery. B4 Obituaries C6 Police Beat B4 Sports C3 Television CIO TKJts C12 A10 A9 M All All D14 C5 All Aquaculture is in seafood's future Last in a series. ASSOCIATED PRESS PRINCESS ANNE boiled or seafood has never been more popular. Commercial fishermen worldwide are ply- ing the seas to meet the demand. With all that at some point supply is going to diminish simply because finfish and shellfish can't reproduce quickly enough. Enter aquaculture. Already a hit in where farm- grown catfish are the norm and are sold to grocery stores and restaurants fish or could supple- ment Maryland's future seafood industry. Whether the fish are grown in tanks in warehouses or in manmade research- ers and savvy entrepreneurs alike say aqua- culture is here to stay Engineers and biologists are already explor- ing ways to tinker with fish genetics to produce better fish. They're trying to find ways to improve the methods and lower the costs of aquaculture The state formed an Aquaculture Office in the Department of Agriculture in 1988 that's aggressively marketing aquaculture among Future Fanners of America clubs and getting fish farming included in the high school curriculum. Lynne administrative specialist with the said some schools have tanks or greenhouses to give students hands-on AP photo MotogrSts and growing number of watermen My the future of commercial Ashing m or fton fanning. Clarre HoNand uaaa a Manner recently to read a microchip Inside a atripod baae. The rnOMtofs tna results of homonoo HI fertility. experience. They're learning how to and they're learning about water feeding and caring for the stock purpose is to promote aquaculture any way and every way we can To get it out Mrs. Canter said have people talking to elementary and middle schools When you talk to they talk to their not only getting them to do but getting them to buy she said In Maryland's aquaculture producers sold pounds of fish and raked in with hybrid striped bass and a perch native to heading the list. But while there are some 200 so-called fish farmers throughout the few are growing fish on a large commercial scale. There are small-time hobbyists toying with the process. There are large producers. HyRock Farm for hybrid striped bass in Princess Anne and AquaMar Industries the state's largest tilapia in Pocomoke City. we have all that in Mrs. Canter including growers of ornamental such as for private ponds and fountains That's too While the state is in an ideal position to The Capitalize on the reputation of the Chesapeake Bay's bounty to promote it hasn't been easy getting to this point. And it's not going to be smooth sailing ahead. In the mention aquaculture to a waterman and it was tantamount to cursing. Page _____ r' ____ ;